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Surrey’s Ashwin spins out six Somerset batsmen in county fixture

Ravi Ashwin. Photo: Surrey Cricket

London, July 14 (MNN) India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed a five-wicket haul in the 2nd innings of his Surrey debut in the four-day county fixture against Somerset at The Oval on Wednesday.

His 6 for 27 came after a below-par outing in the first innings – 1 for 99 from 43 overs along with 9 maidens.

Opening the bowling with the new ball once again in the second innings, Ashwin removed Steven Davies (7), Tom Lammonby (3), James Hildreth (14), George Bartlett (12) and Roelof van der Merwe (7) to return bowling figures of 5 for 23 in 13 overs and leave Somerset reeling at 60 for 7 at lunch on Day 4.

After lunch, Ashwin claimed his sixth victim Ben Green (3) and end with his final figure of 6-27 from 15 overs along with 4 maidens.

With his five-wicket haul in the 2nd innings Surrey is now had a chance of winning on the day 4 needing 259 runs in just 57 overs remaining.

Earlier, Jack Leach took five wickets as Somerset celebrated securing their place in the first division by putting Surrey under pressure on the third day at the Kia Oval.

The England left-arm spinner finished with five for 42 from 33 including 19 maidens as Surrey reached 240 in reply to Somerset’s 429.

The 34-year-old, who is one among only three Indian spinners to take over 400 Test wickets, will be key to India’s fortunes in the highly-awaited five-match Test series against England, beginning August 4.

The Indian team was on a 20-day break after the World Test Championship final against New Zealand at Southampton and the side has now assembled to enter the bio-bubble for the Test series. They will also played a warm-up game.

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